Admit it. Who ever was born after the Atari system was invented has been hooked on one game or another. Admit it! Whatever that game may be, gamers all around have to concede to the fact that these memes are awesome!
Many of the early adopters of the internet were gamers, so it’s no surprise that some of the Web’s oldest memes take their inspiration from games. As evidence, check out our list of the 10 best video game memes below. Even if you’re not a gamer, you’re probably aware of at least several of these and maybe even used a few in your lifetime.
As a companion in ‘Skyrim,’ Lydia participates in battles and even hauls your gear. But as any player knows, organizing items in the NPC’s inventory results in her impatiently uttering, “I am sworn to carry your burdens” almost every time.
Weegee is a Photoshop meme based on an unintentionally sinister likeness of Luigi found in the educational DOS video game ‘Mario is Missing,’ which was released in 1992. Just place Weegee, with his terrifying, unblinking gaze, in any photo and — presto! — you’ve got an awkward image to beat all others.
Coined by the old man character in the original ‘Legend of Zelda’ for the NES in 1986, this meme first began in approximately 2006 with the image above. But this adorable fuzzy kitty came packing a nasty surprise — an embedded RAR file containing viruses. Since then, the meme has become relatively harmless and has spawned dozens and dozens of variations, none of which will require antivirus software.
‘Starfox’ fans will immediately recognize “Do a barrel roll!” as the command which Peppy Hare issues in the 1997 game for the N64. Today, the phrase is synonymous with getting oneself out of a sticky situation and lives on in an array of meme-tastic images.
In the awesome video game ‘Portal,’ murderous AI GlaDOS repeatedly promises protagonist Chell yummy cake if she successfully completes all test chambers. But, alas, the cake is nothing but a ruse used by GlaDOS as a motivational tool. Now, the catchphrase is used to represent the notion that a promised reward will never materialize.
‘Oregon Trail’ is an educational computer game that was distributed in public schools in the 80s and 90s and was meant to teach children about the rigors of early pioneer life. Players were expected to manage resources as they ushered a wagon train from Minnesota to Oregon in 1848. Along the way, players hunted for food and often fell victim to measles, snakebite, typhoid, cholera, exhaustion and, yes, dysentery.
One of the most popular cat-related memes ever owes its existence to the game ‘StarCraft’ and a random entry on the SomethingAwful forums. In 2003, a screenshot of the game was posted on the forum showing an in-game chat where one player boasted, “im in ur base killin ur doodz.”
From then on, the LOLcat phenomenon grew this meme into larger catchphrases. Hence this one
This phrase from the ultra-violent fighting game ‘Mortal Kombat’ was a thing even before the internet appropriated the term “meme.” Heck, since the game was released in 1992, it even predates mainstream use of the internet itself. And yet, everybody knows this catchphrase as a signifier for an impending coup de grace. Whether you combine the meme with a fatality, of course, is up to you.